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School buses, drivers ready to hit the road

All buses are ready to roll come Monday morning, despite the dead squirrel smell.

Halifax County Public Schools Department of Transportation held its annual meeting Wednesday morning in the auditorium of the Halifax County High School led by Director of Transportation Dave Guill and Coordinator Earl Womack.

Bus drivers, car drivers, aides and substitutes all attended the hour-long meeting where they received their packets of information including drivers manual, inspection schedule, passenger lists and other important information.

Before getting down to the serious business, Guill informed drivers the transportation office had just removed a dead squirrel from a bus earlier that morning.

“I won’t tell you what bus number it was, but you’ll know when you go to get your bus,” he added. 

Guill then reviewed the driver’s manual and other items in the driver’s packets before handing things over to Womack.

Womack told drivers, “Listen to your kids. You don’t know what’s going on in their lives, at their home.”

He took a few minutes and showed the YouTube video of the bus aide who was bullied making national news.

“See this is a bus aide. Just think what the kids are going through,” said Womack.

Bullying is a serious issue and bus drivers, car drivers and aides all need to be aware, he added, urging them if they see a group of students gathered together, to separate them.

Womack and Guill both told those in attendance they are always available for assistance by phone or radio.

At the end of the meeting, the pair gave out door prizes including two free tickets to Saturday’s South Boston Speedway race, several Walmart gift cards and a gift card to Ollie’s Southern Café.

When drivers departed, they were allowed to drive their buses home to be ready for Monday morning.